When planning a trip in Scotland, I’ll usually scan maps for places that can be accessed by train. For this trip, the general idea was to find somewhere I could mountain bike from A to B, without having to loop back on myself. Starting at Glenfinnan, I followed a trail on the map going north all the way to Inverie. Inverie is the most remote town in mainland U.K and is also home to the most remote pub, ‘The Old Forge’. From Inverie, I could catch a ferry back to Mallaig and then ride the train home. The difficulty was identifying paths on the map that could be mountain biked. On an OS map, a double dotted line usually means you should be ok on a bike. However, a single dotted line could be anything from a well built path, to merely a bog. It turned out that most of the ‘paths’ on the map were bogs.

Sliding Down From Stob Ghabar

In June, I decided to camp on a mountain called Stob Ghabar, located near Glencoe. My plan was to paddle down a river I had spotted on the map using a rubber ring. Turns out this river crossed over a huge slab of rock, creating a waterslide.

Sending a Hard drive into Space

My friend Andy fixes hard drives in Glasgow (Databusters Data Recovery). Our plan was to film a video that would help promote Andy's work. Our mate Euan Lawrence had the idea of sending a hard drive up into space. After being granted permission from the CAA and Prestwick airport, we launched our harddrive into space.

How To Wild Camp

This video consists of questions most asked about wild camping. Like driving, the first attempt tends to be the most intimidating. To be honest, there is a lot you have to think about; what to eat, where to sleep, toilet roll etc

Exploring Achmelvich Beach

In May 2017,  In May, I began working with Hostelling Scotland on a video project about the Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel. The aim of the video was to illustrate some things to do around the location of the youth hostel.The video received over 70,000 views on Hostelling Scotland's Facebook Page

Dan Bell on BBC The Adventure Show

In September 2017, a BBC programme called ‘The Adventure Show’, asked if I’d appear on their upcoming episode. The programme aired in November on BBC 2 Scotland and featured footage from my camping videos. It was pretty funny watching the episode live; I never thought I’d see myself inside a tent on the BBC.

Exploring Glencoe

"Exploring Glencoe' my second video commissioned by Hostelling Scotland. The aim of the film was to illustrate some things to around Glencoe. The video received over 80,000 views on Facebook.

Things to do on the Isle of Eigg

I was very fortunate to experience the Isle of Eigg in good weather and with no midges. 

Biking Glen Etive

The A82 road, twisting its way through the highlands, is a very scenic route. One day in January, while gazing out the window, I suddenly realised I had completely missed my bus stop at Bridge of Orchy. Using google maps, I hastly attempted to reroute my trip. Upon my urgent request to stop at Glen Etive, the bus driver was nice enough to drop me off. My new plan was to cycle down to the bottom of Loch Etive, arriving at Taynuilt train station. However, I had not anticipated that 4 miles of my new route was absent of any sort of cycling path. 

Alone on an Island for 2 days

I've spent a lot of time looking at maps of Scotland. Usually I'm hoping to find something interesting to go and explore. One night, I spotted what looked like a minuscule island.  I decided to take the train to Rannoch and see it for myself.